I keep hearing stories about people sending hundreds of resumes out and not getting a nibble, and it's no mystery to me why.
A mind blowing number of people send the same letter and resume out to all prospective employers. They make no effort to address how their experience relates to what is being asked for. They don't learn anything about the organization. And a huge number are unqualified outright.
The quality of most of the apps we see is abysmal. None of these have any chance of getting through. We will fail the search before we hire someone we don't expect to do a good job.
Folks, you're totally wasting your time when you apply for things that you're not qualified for, and you severely damage your chances if you can't be bothered to put together a simple letter and a sheet or two explaining why you'd be a good match for the job.
Aside from the fact that it tells us something about the effort we should expect you to devote once you're hired, there are qualified applicants who actually will do their homework. Plus, we won't remember you favorably if we encounter you in the future.
And if you get an interview, take some time to figure out the organization. Prepare some thoughts so you don't come off like any 'ol rube off the street.
Bottom line: don't bother with the shotgun approach. Target situations where you actually have a chance and play hard. You'll still fail a lot of the time, but that's your best chance by far. If you do well and still get beat out, you can bet we'll keep you in mind for the future and pass the good word to colleagues looking for talent.